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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Bookers to be honored at Thursday reception

Plainfielder Charles Booker was the appellant in
Booker v. Board of Ed, NJ's landmark school desegregation case.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will host a reception Thursday evening at City Hall honoring longtime Plainfield activists Charles and Anna Booker.

Charles Booker was the appelant in the landmark 1965 case (Booker v. Board of Ed), by which the New Jersey Supreme Court struck down segregation by what was then referred to as "neighborhood schools".

The case was brought by the NAACP and used the NJ Supreme Court's 1944 ruling in Hedgepath and Williams v. Trenton Board of Education to permanently end the practice of segregation in New Jersey schools. You can read the historic decision here.

The reception, to which the entire community is invited, gets under way at 6:00 PM in the City Hall Rotunda. Light refreshments will be served.

Plainfield City Hall is at Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street. Parking and entry at the rear of the building. City Hall is an accessible facility.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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